Haven’t heard of a “tooth pocket”? Chances are, you know what the tooth pocket is just from looking at your mouth! A tooth pocket is the space that is around the tooth structure where the gum tissue fits around the tooth. An important part of your daily oral hygiene routine keeping this space clean by flossing and lightly brushing the gums with your toothbrush.
A tooth pocket is considered healthy when it are less than 3mm in depth and does not bleed. Your dentists or dental hygienist will use a special tool to measure the depth of your tooth pockets during your visits. Over time, your tooth pockets can become inflamed or infected. This may cause bleeding, recession of the gum or even bone loss. If you have deeper pockets around the tooth, you’ll have a larger area for bacteria to live, making your at-home dental care more difficult, but more important. During your regular cleanings, your dentist or hygienist will clean and remove any hard deposits from your tooth pockets.
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